Design Books

How do visionary designers like Chip Kidd, Rodrigo Corral, and Barbara deWilde create such consistently memorable book jackets? A great book cover design showcases a designer’s ability to refine an idea to its essential visual expression, and Imprint surveys the best of jacket design in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and experimental work, revealing the strategies top designers use to tell a story with images and type.

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Observer: The Well-Read Designer

Deciding which books will fuel your artistic fire is tough. And creating a must-read list for the Designers & Books website is no easy feat either. Read this Observer column to find out how Rick Poynor went about creating his.

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Damn Good Design Books

Have you created some “damn good” design work with your in-house team? Enter the HOW In-House Design Awards to earn the recognition you deserve! Midsummer is the perfect time for a good read. I’ve been hunting around for some good design books to occupy my spare time, and I ended up finding the perfect...

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When Designer Becomes Client

After years and numerous concepts, Ellen Shapiro - author of The Graphic Designer's Guide to Clients - finally tracks down the perfect cover for her book.

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Graphic Content: True Stories from Top Creatives

Everyone loves a good story, and I, for one, find that designers are full of intriguing tales. If you’re addicted to beautifully-written, inspiring stories and design books, check out Graphic Content: True Stories from Top Creatives by Brian Singer. Graphic Content is a collection of true, first-hand experiences that shaped more than 50 of...

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The Details of Sutnar’s Prague

Ladislav Sutnar's book design in America is not as well known as those designed while in Czechoslovakia. Here's a choice example.

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Italo Lupi Sees All, Does All, Shows All

Italo Lupi and Italian Graphic Design are synonymous. His most recent book, Autobiografica Grafica (Edizioni Corraini), is a memoir of design (an autobiographica), aesthetics and art -- of the half century he has helped guide and influence Italian practice. I asked Lupi to tell me about book and the joys of designing.

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I Like It. What is It? and Other Bookish Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season, the Holidaze, time to tuck into sweets and sales, and, hopefully, carve out some time for rest and relaxation with friends and family. It’s easy to be cynical about this last month of the year but who doesn’t like receiving gifts, especially thoughtful ones? For the bookish, design-minded readers in your...